Central Asia, mid-20th century

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14.5” circumference x 4” diameter x 3” high

Tiny, hand-embroidered stitches on natural handwoven cotton

Printed cotton lining

Good condition


As was the custom, a Turkmen mother (most likely from the Tekke tribe) made this little hat for her young child. The stitches are so tiny one needs a magnifying glass to see them clearly.

It was thought that a person’s head was a particularly vulnerable place for evil spirits to enter, especially a child’s head. Caps served as protection from these malevolent forces.


If you are interested in this baby’s hat please contact Susan Meller.

Price: $60.00
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